Clarus Aspirations

Clarus Aspirations is a talent attraction initiative, developed by our team with Schools and Graduates in mind!

Clarus Aspirations is in place to help support talented and ambitious graduates in their search for experience; ideally ahead of training within Education.

Whether you have aspirations to train as Teacher (Primary or Secondary) or have your sights set on Psychology and Special Needs; our school based Teaching Assistant positions will provide invaluable classroom exposure and experience for the entire academic year.

Our client schools will benefit from having the very best Graduates working with pupils; bringing their thirst for knowledge, enthusiasm and a passion for education.

Whether you are looking to ‘Grow your own Teacher’ or need a dedicated Graduate to provide consistent 1:1 support for children with additional needs…Clarus Aspirations is the perfect pathway!

Clarus Education and our Aspirations initiative is built around quality and consistency; aimed at attracting Graduates with genuine aspirations within Education.

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Clarus Education partnering NCS – The Challenge

As part of our Clarus Aspirations initiative, Clarus Education have teamed up with NCS – The Challenge to offer additional experience and relevant paid employment during the school holidays.

NCS – The Challenge is a government backed programme that brings together 15-17 year olds from all backgrounds and enables them to make their mark within their local community.

NCS – The Challenge run a 3 part programme during the Summer (3-4 weeks) and Autumn (11 days) holidays, where you can…

  • Challenge yourself & gain management experience
  • Gain valuable pastoral youth work experience & enhance your CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
  • Inspire the next generation of social game changers
  • Top up your income over the holidays

These programmes are a real CV booster, confidence builder; providing our Clarus Aspirations Graduates with another dimension of experience; working with young people outside a school setting.

Teaching Assistants

Clarus Education work in partnership with primary and secondary schools across London to recruit the very best Teaching Assistants. Our focus on graduates and aspiring teachers is a direct result of the ongoing need for raising attainment of all pupils and to help support the government and department for educations’ strategy in attracting and developing the next generation of teachers. Pupils across the key stages and of all abilities require academic support, from those of lower ability through to the gifted and talented.

All of our positions are long term and traditionally last the entire academic year. Providing long term support staff underpins our focus on consistency and continuity, with pupils benefitting from the development of trusting relationships with their dedicated classroom support. As an aspiring Teacher, you will witness and experience the varied classroom dynamics that will assist and hopefully support you in your own professional development ahead of a PGCE, SCITT or Schools Direct.

Getting into teaching

The role of a teaching assistant has developed over the years, placing more importance and emphasis on their responsibilities and impact. Being one our Graduate Teaching Assistants is a testing yet rewarding position and responsibility supporting pupils in and out of class, working 1:1 and in small groups.

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Being a Primary Teaching Assistant

Primary Education is divided into the following 3 phases aged 3 to 11 years. Ahead of applying for a Primary Teaching Assistant position, gain an understanding of which phase you would feel best suited:

  • Early Years Phase – Nursery & Reception Classes (Aged 3 – 5yrs)
  • Key Stage 1 Phase – Year 1 & 2 Classes (Aged 5 – 7yrs)
  • Key Stage 2 Phase – Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Classes (Aged 7 – 11yrs)

Whether supporting a class within the Early Years, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 your approach should be positive and full of enthusiasm. A primary teaching assistant requires creativity, initiative and a proactive approach, with strength and confidence in your academic ability.

London Schools are very diverse and becoming increasingly more inclusive. Within every mainstream class, pupils will vary in ability and background. You will be dedicated to one particular class, required to support all pupils, adapting too and supporting all individual needs.

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Being a Secondary Teaching Assistant

Secondary schools can deploy their teaching assistants in either a general capacity or dedicated to a specific department, determined by your subject strength and degree.

As a general teaching assistant, you will be required to work cross curricular, supporting a range of pupils in a variety of subjects. The need for subject specific Teaching Assistants often depends on each schools’ focus, with a majority of schools seeking bright graduates across the traditionally known ‘core subjects’; of Maths, Science and English. More recently, schools have placed greater interest in the humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

Secondary Education has 3 phases, aged 11 to 19yrs:

  • Key Stage 3 – Years 7 – 9 (Aged 11 – 14yrs)
  • Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11 (Aged 14 – 16yrs) – GCSE
  • Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13 (Aged 16 – 19yrs) – A-Level

The aim of General Teaching Assistants will be too mainly support across KS3 & 4, with subject specific Teaching Assistants used to support the subject across KS 3, 4 & 5. All TA’s will need to have a strong academic background, supported by confidence and a genuine interest in teaching and learning.

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Learning Support Assistants (SEN)

The role of a Learning Support Assistant is to support pupils with additional needs within the classroom. These positions are available within mainstream schools as well as dedicated Special Needs Schools across all key stages (EYFS – KS5). Working with children on a 1:1 basis; helping children to access the curriculum and supporting an inclusive learning environment.

There are a broad range of needs within education that are supported by such LSA roles, which include:

  • Autism (ASD) & Asperger’s
  • ADHD & Challenging Behaviour
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • PMLD (Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties)

Clarus Education actively and successfully recruit graduates of all degree subjects, with particular success and interest in Psychology and Linguistics graduates for a number of our LSA roles throughout the academic year.

All graduate LSA’s we look to recruit for our schools have a particular interest in special needs (SEN); often looking to secure an LSA role on a long term basis, with a handful of possible careers in mind:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Psychology & Psychotherapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Counselling
  • SEN Teaching
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